BOOK REVIEW: Marquis de Sade: A Very Short Introduction by John Phillips

The Marquis de Sade: A Very Short Introduction by John Phillips My rating: 4 of 5 stars Amazon page   History has—fairly or not—relegated the Marquis de Sade to status as the author of four violently sexual novels and the … Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: Justine by Marquis de Sade

Justine by Marquis de Sade My rating: 3 of 5 stars Amazon page   This is the story of a virtuous, and pretty, young woman who repeatedly falls prey to lecherous libertines. Over the course of the story, she is … Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: The 120 Days of Sodom by Marquis de Sade

The 120 Days of Sodom by Marquis de Sade My rating: 1 of 5 stars Amazon page   This book was listed in one of those “500 Books One Must Read” lists. Maybe it was “1,001 Must-Read Books.” However large … Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille

Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille My rating: 4 of 5 stars Amazon.com   This story follows a couple through a destructive series of events as they chase sexual hedonism. They aren’t a couple in the romantic sense so … Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: The Autobiography of a Flea by Anonymous (Stanislas de Rhodes)

The Autobiography of a Flea by Stanislas de Rhodes My rating: 5 of 5 stars “The Autobiography of a Flea” is a historical work of erotica first published in the late 19th century anonymously, and later was attributed to Stanislas … Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by A.N. Roquelaure (a.k.a. Anne Rice)

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by A.N. Roquelaure My rating: 3 of 5 stars Amazon page   This is a bawdy take on the tale of Sleeping Beauty—and, in particular, the aftermath of her rescue and awakening. There are many … Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy My rating: 5 of 5 stars Amazon page   There are no likable characters in this book, at least not ones that survive to a chapter’s end. There … Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley

The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley My rating: 5 of 5 stars Amazon page   In 1634, a parish priest named Urbain Grandier was tortured to exact a confession that he’d engaged in sorcery and made a pact with … Continue reading

5 Books to Improve Mind-Body Performance

It’s the time of year when people think about how to be better, fitter, and smarter; so I thought I’d drop a list of books that I found helpful and thought-provoking.   If you’re interested in learning more about any of these books, … Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: How to Read Darwin by Mark Ridley

How to Read Darwin by Mark Ridley My rating: 4 of 5 stars Amazon page   Few scientific ideas have succeeded so brilliantly and elegantly as Darwin’s theory of what he called “descent with modification” but which we know as … Continue reading